• Short Summary

    Kenyan long distance star Ben Jipcho performed one of the great track doubles in Los Angeles on Saturday (22 March), when he won the two miles--in a new record time for a professional runner--and then went on to st a blistering pace in the mile event.

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    Kenyan long distance star Ben Jipcho performed one of the great track doubles in Los Angeles on Saturday (22 March), when he won the two miles--in a new record time for a professional runner--and then went on to st a blistering pace in the mile event.

    Jipcho not only won the mile as well, but set the third fastest indoor time in history. Saturday's two victories made him the second biggest prizewinner in the three-year history of U.S. professional track competition.

    The double win brought the Kenyan police officer 2,600 dollars prize money, making his total winnings over the past two years 23,000 dollars.

    In the two-mile event, Jipcho appeared to be playing with the other runners, three times waving Californian teacher Tracy Smith into the lead, and each time racing past Smith to retake the lead. He pulled steadily away during the second last lap to win by 10 yards. His new professional record was eight minutes 27 seconds.

    Within an hour after that victory, Jipcho was back on track in the mile event. The thirty-two-year-old Kenyan took the lead from the start, lost it briefly to Arizone's Keith Munson, then pulled away again to return a time of 3 mins 56.2 seconds.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4M57T3U5YIUW8P64I2F48VF0U
    Media URN:
    VLVA4M57T3U5YIUW8P64I2F48VF0U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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